Mayoral Candidate, Nick Kennedy Hosted Wixom’s Seniors and Candidates
Candidate Keenan Gottschall made a few comments and
commented on his interest in Wixom.
Candidate Robert Smiley made a few comments and
also commented on his interest in Wixom.
Those that could not attend the meeting were Incumbant Candidates: Mayor Hinkley, Councilman Giddings, and Councilman Beagle.
Seniors Meet the Candidates
Councilman Nick Kennedy, Candidate for the Mayor’s office, held a “get to know the Council Candidates” by hosting a meet-and-greet luncheon with Wixom’s Seniors at the Community Center this past Monday. He welcomed honored guests, Klint Kesto, Wixom’s District 39 State Representative and District 38 State Representative, Kathy Crawford. He also introduced the candidates to the Seniors. It was nice to know that Representatives Mr. Kesto and Ms. Crawford took the time out of their busy schedules to attend Wixom’s meet-and-greet our Seniors and the Candidates.
A large group of Seniors attended the meeting and the gathering demonstrated a willingness of cooperation among the candidates and Leadership by Councilman, Nick Kennedy.
Mr. Keenan Gottchall and Mr. Robert Smiley each stated their reasons for running for Council as well as some of their personal background information to ensure their interests in the Seniors and in the issues regarding the City Of Wixom. Mayoral Candidate, Nick Kennedy did the same.
Ms. Crawford made a short speech about the Seniors’ health and benefits of getting involved in individual activities or by volunteering time and staying healthy. Her comments were well received by the Seniors.
The Senior’s luncheon get-to-know the candidates event was well attended, and the “Goodies” were abundant. Those little cupcakes were wonderful. There was food for all to munch and refreshments while listening to the honored guests.
Councilman Kennedy noted Councilman and Deputy Mayor, Richard Ziegler in attendance and asked if he wished to address the Seniors. He stated that he did not know this to be a political opportunity to speak stating that he was not prepared. Twice, Mr. Kennedy politely requested Mr. Ziegler if he wished to speak; twice Deputy Mayor Ziegler stated that he was not prepared to comment. Mr Ziegler apparently did not anticipate that this meet-and-greet luncheon was a political opportunity to say a few words to his constituency and specifically to the Seniors.
It was astonishing that the long-sitting member of our City Council and the Deputy Mayor, Richard Ziegler could not stand and address the honored guest and the Seniors with a few comments of courtesy. This luncheon was not a free-for-all-political battlefield; it was an introductory meet-greet-luncheon to acknowledge the prospective Council Candidates. Mr. Ziegler was twice encouraged to speak; twice he refused stating that he was NOT PREPARED to speak!
The luncheon was intended to meet and greet the Voters and specifically the Seniors to the new candidates. This was not a must pass SAT or LAT TEST! There was a requirement to be courtesy and acknowledge the honored guests and the candidates, nothing more. It demonstrated a lack of understanding of the moment by Mr. Ziegler, and it would have been a professional gesture had he taken the opportunity and displayed a common courtesy by standing, acknowledge the honored quest, thanked everyone for their attendance, and sat down. Really, quite simple to do.
Preparation? Not a prerequisite for a meet-and-greet luncheon. Get up…speak… and sit down!
There were no discussions of any issues: nothing stated about violations of the City Charter: contracts for City Manager, potential violations of Council member conflict of direct or indirect interests, nondisclosure of details of contracts or transparency; nothing about public affairs, dismissal of an employee without cause. Nothing of Revenue to expenditures issues were addressed; nothing said to ruffle another’s feathers.
While I writing this, I find that I really miss the Spinal Column Newspaper. Their coverage of the last 10 years or so of Wixom’s political actions would have made FRONT PAGE HEADLINES, and the antics of our Administration would have been revealed and their feet held to the fire. The Spinal Column would have had them “dancing” but would have also acknowledged their “Hussle” of the public’s interests.
Now, no news is typically bad news for taxpayers and the community. Hopefully, this will change in the coming election when SENIOR POWER comes into the political fray.
A display of SENIOR POWER needs to be put on display in this election. The City’s Seniors and voters in general should look forward to election day and really consider their election options…change is required to ensure a vibrant community. Historically, the Seniors provide the support required for a much need change. Their votes can make a difference if correctly applied and the issues acknowledged; the interest of the Seniors will be better served and the Community will benefit from their votes and their efforts to initiate positive change.